MKS Inc.

MKS Inc.

May 12, 2009 07:00 ET

All Nippon Airways Selects 'MKS Integrity for Avionics' For Boeing 787 Software Management

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 12, 2009) - MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX) today announced that All Nippon Airways (ANA) has selected MKS Integrity™ for secure software configuration and change management on Boeing 787 aircraft. ANA will be the first airline to operate the Boeing 787.

"Our 'MKS Integrity for Avionics' solution will enable us to leverage the airplane software configuration data across our Engineering and Maintenance divisions, efficiently and securely verifying the integrity of the aircraft when software-related maintenance activity occurs," said Mr. Akio Ito, Manager of Maintenance and Engineering Systems in the Information Technology Services Department of ANA. "We have developed a strong, close working relationship with the MKS team and we look forward to continuing work with that team during this project to securely complete the final solution, as we get closer now to the beginning of our B787 service."

"We evaluated an in-house development approach versus a 'package as a platform' approach. We then considered carefully the close technical relationship between MKS and Boeing as well as the ability to quickly incorporate data schema changes in MKS Integrity, as we reached our decision" continued Mr. Ito. "We were highly satisfied with the flexibility of the MKS Integrity platform, which enabled the efficient creation of an optimal solution incorporating all of our requirements, workflow and system landscape - more rapidly than would have been the case with an in-house development project."

David Jones, MKS Managing Director for Airline e-Enabling comments "ANA has a strong and realizable vision for leveraging software configuration data across its organization and systems landscape, and this vision drives further value into our 'MKS Integrity for Avionics' solution. Other Airlines will benefit from that, as we begin marketing the solution globally. Methodology for aircraft maintenance is evolving as modern aircraft contain more software, and 'MKS Integrity for Avionics' co-resides neatly alongside the traditional HW based maintenance systems, providing leverage of existing investments as airlines move forward into managing the additional complexity caused by software decoupling from hardware."

Mr. Jones continued "MKS is now working with other airlines on Boeing 777 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) content and change management, as well as Airbus 380 software and EFB content and change management. The opportunity for airlines which 'MKS Integrity for Avionics' makes possible is therefore fleet wide management of software related maintenance activity and compliance."

About ANA

Ranked among the top 10 airlines in the world, carrying around 50 million passengers every year to 51 destinations in Japan and 26 cities throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, ANA is recognised for outstanding passenger service both on the ground and in the air. In the greatest Japanese tradition of mixing hospitality with high technology, personalised a la carte service complements state-of-the-art entertainment systems and the latest in cabin design. ANA has been in the airline business for over 50 years, and combined with ANA Group companies its activities extend across a host of complete travel and aviation-related services. It is the launch customer of the Boeing 787 and the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, which will add to its fleet of 215 aircraft in the near future. ANA has won awards in all categories for its products and services and was voted Airline of the Year for 2007 by Air Transport World magazine.

As a member of Star Alliance, the world's foremost airline alliance, ANA offers its passengers access to a network of 975 airport destinations in 162 countries, with reciprocal benefits such as mileage accrual and redemption, and lounge access.

About MKS

MKS Inc., enables software engineering and IT organizations to seamlessly manage their worldwide software related activities. With its flagship product, MKS Integrity, MKS offers support for all software related activities through a single enterprise application, resulting in better global collaboration and higher productivity. MKS supports customers worldwide with offices across North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about MKS, visit our Web site at

Copyright (C) 2009 MKS Inc. MKS and MKS Integrity are trademarks of MKS Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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